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Strong Second Half Leads Bonnies Past Griffs, 3-2

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 09/23/2012
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The Canisius College women's soccer team closed its non-conference schedule with a 3-2 loss to Little Three rival St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex. After an evenly-matched first half, the Bonnies relied on a strong second-half performance to take control of the contest to improve to 3-6-1, while the Golden Griffins fell to 2-8-0.

With the score tied at 2-2, the Bonnies Molly Curry worked her way down the left side before crossing into the middle with a Golden Griffins' back on her. Moving side to side, Curry was able to connect from 10 yards out to give the Bonnies a 3-2 lead in the 82nd minute.

The Bonnies would actually score all three of their goals in the seocnd half after being held scoreless to open the contest.

After a solid effort in the first half, the Griffs allowed the Bonnies to take control in the second stanza. The Bonnies managed to build a 14-4 shot advnatage in the second half alone, controlling game play in the Griffs' end.

The Golden Griffins and Bonnies battled for possession with the visiting Bonnies holding a 5-4 shot advantage in an even match.   

The Golden Griffins turned on the offense quickly in the first half. Pressuring the Bonnies over two minutes into the contest, junior Brianna Smith fired a shot from six yards out with a Bonnies' back blocking the shot out of bounds for a corner kick.

On the corner kick, freshman Alexis Kroese lofted a shot from the left flag with the ball dropping inside the six-yard box. Sophomore Megan Mahoney located the loose ball, sending the volleying the shot into the net for her first career goal and a Griffs' 1-0 lead.

In the 52nd minute, St. Bona's Shannon Van Riper buried her penalty-kick opportunity to put the Bonnies on the board, tying the contest at 1-1.

The Griffs' second goal of the contest came in the 64th minute on a free kick just outside the six-yard box. Mahoney would give Smith a one-touch on the kick with the junior ripping the shot in past the Bonnies' Megan Junker to retake the lead at 2-1.

The Bonnies closed out the went on to score a pair of unanswered goals to seal the victory, including Curry's gamewinner. On a corner kick in the 73rd minute, assist leader Brittany Charles sent her kick to the top of the 18-yard box with Caitlin MacConnell sending the shot in from just inside the box to tie the game at 2-2.

Mahoney led the Griffs' effort with a career game-high of three points, including a goal and an assist. Mahoney and Smith each recorded two shots on the day.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Tock registered seven saves in the contest, while Junker recorded two for her third win of the season.

The Blue and Gold will now move their focus to MAAC play, as they prepare for their conference homeopener on Friday evening against Marist at 7 p.m.

Notes: Kroese's first-half helper was the first point of her career... Griffs hold a 17-10-1 all-time record against the Bonnies... Smith's tally was her fourth of the season.

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